Saxophonist and music presenter DAVE REMPIS and drummer FRANK ROSALY have performed and recorded together in countless projects since Frank arrived on the Chicago scene in 2001, including the Thread Quintet, the Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten Quintet, The Outskirts, and The Rempis Percussion Quartet. Their duo, active since 2004, focuses on the wide-ranging possibilities inherent in free-improvisation. They released their first cd, Cyrillic, in 2010, touring Canada, the United States, and then Europe.
Shifting from classical saxophone study to anthropology and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University, DAVE REMPIS spent a year at the University of Ghana studying African music and ethnomusicology. He performed with groups, ranging from highlife and reggae bands while in Ghana, to jazz, free jazz, funk, and contemporary music ensembles at home. Shortly after college graduation, Dave joined The Vandermark Five, giving him the opportunity to tour the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents. He has been named in the annual DownBeat Critics Poll as a “rising star” on alto saxophone and as a “rising star” and “established talent” on baritone saxophone. Also a presenter, Dave curated a weekly concert series in conjunction with the Elastic Arts Foundation and helped form and continues to organize the annual Umbrella Music Festival and the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Drummer and composer FRANK ROSALY has been involved in Chicago’s improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of the city’s musical and cultural fabric. He spends much of his time performing, composing, teaching, and organizing musical events, as well as touring domestically and internationally. Frank is currently active in more than a dozen projects throughout Chicago, New York, and Europe. Some groups with which he has performed include Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams' Natural Information, Jason Adasievicz’s Rolldown, and Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective. Frank also leads his quintet, Green and Gold, a sextet, Cicada Music, and is involved in a solo project, “Milkwork.” He also organizes and coordinates the Ratchet Series, a monthly showcase of creative music at Cafe Mustache in Chicago, and serves on the faculty of the Old Town School of Folk Music. In June 2013, the Chicago Reader named Frank “Best Jazz Artist.”